This is the tenth Joe Pickett book and it does not disappoint. Joe is finishing his last week of "exile" in a remote part of south central Wyoming and against his better judgment, he heads into the mountains to investigate various complaints of poaching, tent slashings, cabin break-ins etc. Joe finds out quite quickly that he is in over his head with no back-up and things go from bad to worse. The book is a fast read but I would caution against reading too quickly. Box is a master story teller and he weaves so much imagery into his prose that it would be a shame to miss it. There are passages describing the Great West that are sublime. This book is filled with action but the good guys and bad guys are difficult to tell apart sometimes and the writing is exemplary. This isn't a mindless "shoot -em up" story. There is a bit of depth that can be hard to find in the typical mystery/thrillers that are published today. This one is highly recommended but do yourself a favor and begin at the beginning. It's a good place to start.
Short and too the point----great series! I love the Joe Pickett family and all the problems they work through together and their friend Nate and the self-centered mom-in-law--start from the first book to get the full set of adventures in this family life.